A few things I learned:
1. I still love the actual process of writing.
2. There are only as many rules as you want there to be.
3. Writing first person is harder (for me) than writing third person.
4. Writing first person only happens if I want to write some kind of humorous this is some of the crazy stuff I’ve done book.
5. I want to try short stories too.
6. Writing happens. It’s not magical. Writing happens when you’re tired, sick, in pain, happy, well rested, giddy, sad, etc.
7. I’ll probably have to go back and fix all my dialog formatting.
8. I’m not good at writing action sequences like fights and plane wrecks.
9. Stop using the word suddenly!
In a post NaNoWriMo world, I’m looking for writing outlets since I want to take a break from my NaNoWriMo novel. I succeeded at NaNoWriMo because not only did I write the necessary 50,000 words before November 30, 2013 at midnight but I also learned a lot about my own daily writing methods. My low word count day was around 800 words. My high word count day was like 3200 words. For reasons I’m not going into here, I do not have a regular full time job so the finding time part of NaNoWriMo doesn’t figure in here for me. It was more about finding the energy.
If I want to do more than just write in any given day, then 3200 words is obviously not happening often. The 800 words in a day means I can write when I don’t feel that great and or do more than just write in that single day. This is obviously ideal since I want to get into freelance writing and make money from writing WHILE working on finishing my NaNoWriMo 2013 novel.
I’ve also updated my blog. Again. I’m trying to figure out blog options for something a little more official than a free blog on the wordpress domain. I continue to think that if I own my blog I’ll publish to it more.